“Whilst Canadians are at Foodbanks and Dumpster Diving” — Canadians React To Governor General’s Office Spending Over $117k On Dry Cleaning Between 2017 and 2023 

As per a report presented in the House of Commons at the request of Conservative MP Kelly McCauley, the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General spent a sum of $117,566.34 for dry cleaning services from January 1, 2018, to May 30, 2023.

The spending was for military uniforms, hospitality staff and student tour guides’ uniforms, linens like tablecloths and napkins, and the Governor General’s personal clothing.

Governor General Mary Simon Inspecting Guards
Governor General Mary Simon Inspecting Guards | THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

MP McCauley told CTV News that:

“While record number of Canadians are going to food banks just to get by, this latest spending scandal is disgraceful. Taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for such out of control spending which is why we called on the government to reduce the budget of the Office of the Governor General.”

However, the Governor General’s office clarified that it possesses an in-house laundry service dedicated to items such as dishtowels and bedsheets. 

They noted that their facilities lack the capacity and equipment required to offer dry cleaning services. The spokesperson emphasized that they make “every effort” to minimize expenses associated with laundering and dry cleaning for needed events.

The following are some of the reactions of Canadians.

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